In God we trust or do we?
Psalms 11:3, "If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?"
Psalms 22:3-5, "Yet You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel. In You our fathers trusted; They trusted and You delivered them. To You they cried out and were delivered; In You they trusted and were not disappointed."
(The following is an excerpt from David Barton's Archives, At Wall Builders Ministries.)
"The appeal came from Rev. M.R. Watson. He addressed his letter to the Secretary of the Treasury, dated it November 13, 1861, and made this appeal:
You are about to submit your annual report to the Congress respecting the affairs of the national finances. One fact touching our currency has hitherto been seriously overlooked. I mean the recognition of the Almighty God in some form on our coins.
The Reverend went on to request that God's name be permanently affixed to American currency. Radical request, wouldn't you agree? That the government remind the populace, via the imprinted message, to trust not in the coin but in the Creator?
An appropriate request, don't you think? The tendency of the heart is to worship what we make. What better place to place God's name than on a coin?"
The Secretary of the Treasury agreed. He instructed the creation of a God-centered motto. On November 20, 1861, he wrote, "No nation can be strong except in the strength of God." It took some time. The words endured some tweaking, but in 1864, In God We Trust first appeared on the two-cent coin. The next time you look at a coin, consider the words and ask yourself these questions, "Do we still trust in God? Do we, as a nation, trust God to protect, provide, guide and direct us?"
It's hard to give an unqualified yes. We seem to trust in everything except God: weapons, Wall Street, education but God? What are we ashamed of? Why do we suppress the truth? How can we stay off the wrath of God against unrighteousness?
Yet, it's not too late to change. To all nations God gives this promise: "If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place." (2 Chr.7:14, 15).
What a promise. The healing of the land begins with the prayers of the people. Do we desire God's favor and blessing? Then let us pray.
A world of insight is hidden in five words in Matt.14:22: "He sent the crowds away."
It was a deliberate choice He made to honor His priorities. If Jesus thought it necessary to say no to the demands of the crowds in order to pray, don't you think you and I should, too?
Especially now! Our country is only two days away from the presidential election. Now, more than ever, is the time for God's people to invoke His blessing. Let us put our trust In God. Dismiss the crowds of people. Pray and then vote. God bless America, again! Amen.
("From the Pulpit" is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association.)